Friday, August 31, 2012

Girls just wanna have fun!

Let me start this post by saying I love my kids more than anything on earth. Truly, I do. But sometimes, they drive me bat-shit crazy make life a little hectic. Since I've been on maternity leave, I've been with one or both of the kids 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Now, some people have said I've been on vacation.........let me clear that up for you folks. While maternity leave IS better than being at work and I DO enjoy being with my kids, it is NOT vacation. Vacation is going somewhere different and relaxing and having housekeeping services pick up after you and going out to eat so you don't have to cook. Maternity leave is waking up whenever your kids wake up, making breakfast, feeding a newborn every few hours, making sure your toddler is doing something other than playing in the trash or toilet water, making lunch, trying to get them both down for naps, changing poopy diapers, wiping snotty noses, drying tears, burping babies, making dinner, doing laundry, picking up the's just a little busier than vacation.

But anyways, I feel like a new woman today. I got a break from all of that for a few hours! My husband gave me the best anniversary present I've gotten--money and time by myself to go spend the money!! He kept saying that he felt bad that I was going shopping alone and I tried to reassure him that I was perfectly fine being alone!

I hopped in my Jeep with nary a diaper bag or carseat in tow! I was almost giddy and may have even laughed a little as I was backing out of the drive way. I turned my music up loud, kept my rear view mirror fixed on the road instead of the back seat and yelled profanities at the reckless drivers in Wichita--you know, all the crazy things mom's want to do but can't when their kids are in the car. I was cruising down the turnpike and decided that I would go to......wait for's kinda crazy!!...............KMART!!! That's right, I blew all my money in one wild store ;)

It was just Kmart, but I really had SUCH a good time! I prayed before I went that it would be a good shopping trip. Silly to some, probably, but I hate going shopping and having one of those days where nothing fits, nothing's on sale and you just end up feeling bummed about the whole trip. I walked in the front door and immediately knew my prayer had been answered! My favorite makeup, which is normally $12 a bottle and I had JUST used my last drop of, was on sale for $2.50! I bought 2 bottles. Then, I made my way to the clearance rack. And hit the jackpot! I found a pair of shorts (the ONLY pair I could find in the whole store, mind you) in my size and they fit perfectly and were only $7. Then, I found a shirt that I had actually seen the last time I was there, but didn't want to pay full price for. It was on clearance for $7 too. Score! THEN, I found THE perfect pair of jeans. I'd been in jean depression because nothing fit right after I had Tessa except my maternity jeans and those were just beyond wearable anymore because they were so worn out. But these jeans fit perfectly and were the exact color (dark wash) that I'd been wanting.

But it gets better.........after I found my clothes, I went to the shoes. Heaven on earth, my friends. A TON of their sandals were on clearance and then they were 50% off the clearance price!! I got FOUR pairs of sandals for $18! Amazing! I was so excited about all of my finds that I had to call my mom and text pictures to my sister. The best part was that when I was trying it on, I felt good about myself. I know that might sound trivial, but I've been in a total fashion funk. It's been 5 weeks since I've worn anything other than shorts and t-shirts. I put make up on, but my hair's always in a ponytail and not much effort goes into what I wear or accessorize with. I know that's part of being the mother of a toddler and newborn, but it felt really good to see myself in nice clothes and shoes and to know that I could wear them when we go out for our anniversary so Nick will get to see me looking something other than homeless :)

So my evening has been one of the best I've had in a long time. It was so refreshing to get out and be alone and go places without worrying about making sure I had diapers or formula or a clean outfit for each kid. I felt carefree and foot-loose! I got to go have some FUN!! It was so nice and I'm so gratefuly to my husband for the shopping spree and watching the kids...........

But it sure was nice to come home to the pitter patter of little feet and Tommy saying, "Mom!!" when I walked through the door!


thehobbs said...

Oh that sounds amazing. So glad you found such great stuff! I do love a good clearance rack. :) Oh and by the way, I thought you looked great when you came over the other day. Anything but homeless. ;)

Brady and Nick said...

Stacia, it was DEFINITELY amazing! And thanks--you wouldn't believe how much effort it took for me NOT to look homeless when I came over :) It was hard work!